Too much Tomic
Tennis: Tomic bored at Wimbledon
Bernard Tomic's post first round loss interview seemed to get quite a few peoples backs up. The fans have every right to be pissed off; you don't pay good money, and in some cases queue for hours to watch someone tank their way through a match. He dug himself deeper in the hole by admitting that he called the trainer on for a non-existent injury, something that cost him his racket sponsorship with Head and landed him a fine.
Others however applauded his honesty, and suggested that a lot of players on tour will have felt as he did at some point. Mats Wilander even suggested that both Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic seemed unmotivated at times this year.
The Sporting Blog is unimpressed with the tanking, but not the admission of boredom. Although privileged to be paid handsomely for entertaining us with his ball hitting skills, it is not mandatory for professionals to be motivated to win. The basic premise of professional sport is that people pay to watch pro's do things better than they can. Tomic owed his audience a better display, but we can't judge him for not feeling up for it, it's his head after all.
One thing that TSB does take umbrage with, is his comparison of himself with Roger Federer....
In the context of returning his prize money, Tomic said;
"We all work for money. At 34, maybe I can donate to charity. If you ask Roger if he'll do it, I'll do it."
On no level can you compare yourself to Roger Federer. Not only as the games greatest ever player but also as one of the all time great ambassadors in any sport. EVEN LESS so in the context of giving money to charity.
$30 million. You'd have to lose 857 first round matches at Wimbledon to match that figure.
So next time you petulantly suggest that if Federer does something, you'll do it, maybe get ready to get your chequebook out... or just don't be such a bad bloke.